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Opposition Questions consultancy on new InvestTCI

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Colin HeartwellProvidenciales, 05 Aug 2015 – Some people have an issue with the way the contract for the consultancy job for the new Invest TCI was awarded; charging that the proper procedure was abandoned in favor of giving the job to former NIB boss, Colin Heartwell. During House of Assembly debate last week, the PDM leveled a questioned at Minister of Finance, Washington Misick to find out who was in the running for the task of re-establishing the investment agency of the country.

Hon. Sharlene Robinson, Opposition Leader: “Will the Minister be pleased to say who were the bidders and what was the cost of the consultancy awarded.”

Indeed former National Insurance Board Director Colin Heartwell’s company: British West Indies Consulting has won the bid and will establish a new version of TC Invest. Heartwell, who is now resigned from the NIB will cultivate the entity which is anticipated to bridge gaps between government and the business sector, and “work with investors who want to do business in the TCI, as well as advising government on how it can create the right environment to encourage trade and streamline the investment process.”

Finance Minister, Hon. Misick said two bids came in.

“And they were received they were received from KPMG Corporate Finance Ltd, for $320,000 and British West Indies Consulting for $264,000…”

British West Indies Consulting, owned by Heartwell who is a permanent resident of the islands was announced since April as most appropriate for the job. At that time it was also explained that Colin Heartwell’s contract award win was in line with the Public Procurement Ordinance 2012 and it was the Public Procurement Board which selected BWI Consulting.

Still some are not convinced.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Discharge of Firearm

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Turks and Caicos – Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Friday 05th July 2024, the Police Control Room received a report of gunshots being heard at the TCI Disposal and Solid Waste, located along Millennium Highway, Blue Hills.

Officers and medical personnel responded, and based on preliminary investigations, a truck transporting a male occupant entered the dump and started offloading items.

An employee at the dump site confronted the occupant. However, he was shot at.

The employee managed to escape. Thankfully, he was not injured. This remains an active investigation.

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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